The Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union
Judges and legal experts from all over Europe returned to Alicante on 16-17 June to take another look at the question of how to compensate victims of IP infringement and other legal remedies available in different EU Member States.
Around 60 judges and legal experts from the European Commission, and enforcement organisations such as Europol, took part in the latest in the current seminar series organised by OHIM for the Judges' Network, which sets out to create a common understanding of enforcement issues among judges sitting in Community trade mark and design courts in EU member states. IP crime and other indemnification issues were also discussed at a well-attended Judges' Network session in May.
Last month the European Commission proposed that OHIM should play a more prominent role in tasks related to the protection of intellectual property rights including supporting the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy. Following OHIM's recent reorganisation, the seminars are taking place under the auspices of the OHIM IP Academy, which is being set up to expand and coordinate education and training initiatives.
Issues discussed at the June session include the use of "interim relief" to stop the sale of counterfeit goods and the extent in different countries to which remedies such as damages, jail, seizure or destruction, free transfer of products, or closure of factories involved in producing infringing goods may be available.